I'm realizing that the teeth are getting slowly pulled out of my blog. I'm already decently tame when it comes to the content in this blog. It's not like I want to be overly obnoxious or obscene, but I feel my own brain questioning the things I'm writing about constantly. Running a not-so-anonymous blog can be dangerous these days if someone wants to call you out on something you said to be funny rather than serious. It can also be extremely boring if I leave out many details that I'd rather keep in (like I did with last Monday's post.)
So here's what I'm thinking- this blog can stay up and be devoted to posting about music stuff. My own music, shows, projects, updates, and random posts about music I like. Otherwise, I'm thinking of starting a new anonymous blog that will be secret and crop up when you least expect it. I won't be tied to my real name at all and it will probably be more sports driven. I haven't worked out the plan, but I feel more and more handcuffed with what I can talk about here. I'm fairly certain it makes for pretty boring reading, which is not my intention.
The main point is- while I set up another blog, the posts here might be sporadic. Also, you may have to direct message me for the new web address since I'm not going to leave any evidence here of my new website. Everyone cool with that? Excellent. Then here's the weekend recap.
Mrs. B. and I left work an hour early on Friday to get home and wait for Comcast to fix our internet. For the most part we have been satisfied with their service, but recently our internet ran like we were on 1998 AOL dial up. Regular Facebook pages wouldn't load, let alone my MLB.TV games (sidenote: this was probably for the best as the Cubs have been TERRIBLE.)
They gave us a new box and router and our internet connection is much improved. After threatening cancellation, they have decreased our bill by $40 a month and gave us free HBO for 6 months (not too shabby.) Movies I've watched since acquiring HBO and snapshot ratings of each:
- Book of Eli - Denzel is a bad-ass. Very entertaining.
- How To Train Your Dragon - Shocked that I enjoyed this kids' movie as much as I did.
- Commando - This I watched on a different channel than HBO, but I had never seen it from beginning to end. It's a horrible movie, but the unintentional comedy of Arnold's dialogue is well worth your time. "Remember when I told you I'd kill you last? I lied." [Drops bad guy off cliff.]
- Equilibrium - Christian Bale does a decent job in this Martix-esque film. Good to see Robert Le Bruce from "Braveheart." Didn't know he was still around (besides his one episode of "Tilt.")
I'm sure I'll catch up on many more movies in the near future. I also want to give "Game of Thrones" a shot, but I haven't had the time just yet.
Later that night, it was off to the Boxing Donkey for another magnificent show. I had been working on "Everlong" recently and it definitely came in handy this weekend. If I'm not mistaken, I played it twice on Friday and twice on Saturday. I try my best to not play the same song twice at shows, but money talks. Let this be a lesson to everyone that most musicians are typically $5 away from selling out, albeit for 4 minutes at a time.
Everyone was friendly at the Donkey and I even got a nice message on Facebook the next day about how I made a 21st birthday party "that much more memorable." These types of messages make me feel great. Watch it though, too many more and my ego might get out of control... [NOT! Being a musician, there are plenty of things to get you down off your high horse.]
My show at EJ Phair in Concord was fun. However, it was not without drama. Here are the highlights:
- I met my Mom's boyfriend, Rick, for the first time at the show. He seems like a great guy and I'm happy for her. Mrs. B. got more face time with them while I was playing and she also thinks he's solid. We're happy for them as they seem happy.
- Mid-way through the show, a group sat down right in front of me. They were very enthusiastic and making lots and lots of requests. This was great. The downside was they were decently drunk. I was trying to cater to them as much as possible without alienating the rest of the people in the place. EJ Phair in general carries a consistently supportive crowd. There is typically clapping after every song and people are eager to make requests.
Anyway, one of the women at the table who was attempting to be helpful said she would bring around the tip bucket through the restaurant to gather up more money for me. This, in theory, is great. In practice, there are some flaws with the plan.
The main problem is that I don't know her at all. I had never met until their group sat down. She was pretty drunk, so if she's getting pushy with customers, the people might her money for me while she's at their table- however, they also may now hate me and have a bad impression of the establishment I'm playing at. This is a quick way to get my banned from getting more shows. I love tips- people who give them really make my night. But you know what I love more? The guaranteed money I get for showing up. I know people may need encouragement to come up to where I'm at and drop a dollar or two in the tip bucket, but while you're eating do you really want a drunk woman bothering you for tips for the musician? Probably not.
Hilariously, I let her do this once and the first table she goes up to haggle with was... you guessed it! The one with Mrs. B., my Mom, and Rick. Awesome.
I'm ok with having someone walk around and encourage tipping, but they have to be EXTREMELY tactful and must be someone I KNOW. It cannot be a drunk person that I meet while I'm playing and then they represent my meager brand around a place that hired me to play music. Probably not the best plan, as I have learned.
The second problem with this group occurred when I began playing "Sweet Caroline." The crowd was excellent with singing-a-long [Bom, bom, bom!- you know how it works.] But one of the guys at this particular table gets up and starts dancing. He feels like he needs to get up closer to me so he's dancing in front of where I'm playing. This ok until he trips (due to either clumsiness, drunkenness, or both) and falls into my music stand. Now, over the last year I've put all of my lyrics on my computer so I can field more and more requests (no, I don't have time to memorize the lyrics to "Wicked Game" but I'll play it if I have the words in front of me.) So, on my music stand rests my computer, usually a drink and some harmonicas. The harmonicas went flying, but the computer and water magically did not topple to the ground. I stopped playing mid-song and checked to make sure all of my equipment was ok. Once I was certain it was, I continued on with the second verse.
The guy was embarrassed and went back to sit down. It was pretty rough, but I'm going to chalk this one up with "no harm, no foul." I don't know what would've happened if my computer was thrown to the ground and shattered to pieces. I probably would've had to end him Sub-Zero style from Mortal Kombat. Luckily, everything was ok.
In the end, the show was successful and like I said, "no harm, no foul." Two fairly successful shows makes for a great weekend.
Mrs. B. and I decided to see "X-Men: First Class" on Sunday. Overall I'd recommend this movie. I'm a fan of the X-Men and enjoy the movies based on the source material. This movie goes back to the 1960s and mixes the Cuban Missile Crisis with the comic book fiction in a very entertaining way. It's also nice to see how the relationship between Magneto and Professor X developed and why they still consider themselves friends. My one complaint is the casting of January Jones as Emma Frost. Frost should have been MUCH hotter. More blond bombshell, less... umm... pale and not hotness?
If you like the X-Men or comic book movies in general, then definitely check out "X-Men: First Class."
And that about does it for my weekend. It was fun and successful. Can't argue with that!